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Anyone try putting a 2.8, 3.1, or 3.4 60Deg v6 in a gbody?

Post by 80ECLT » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:49 pm

Anyone try putting a 2.8, 3.1, or 3.4 60Deg v6 in a gbody? Pics?? Like a camaro 2.8 MPFI with a t5?
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Post by StreetBu » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:38 pm

i'm sure you could make it work, AFAIK no one has. Too much work for such a small engine. Why not put a 3.8L and T5 combo from a Camaro in there? Would be much easier.
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Post by 80ECLT » Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:02 pm

I'm just curious about results
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Post by Darwinskeeper » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:24 pm

That same question has occurred to me from time to time, but its not something I'd be tempted to try with Darwin, wagons are @#$$#%@@! heavy.

Mind you, the V6 out of the heavier Camaro, now THAT would be interesting.
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Post by matty man » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:18 pm

The lower ends on the 2.8 ect are weak,, would not stand up to any pushing,,, and those 60 deg V-6`s are a pain in the butt to install cam bearings,,, matty man
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Post by 79 surfwagon » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:29 pm

I like this idea. The camaro 3.8? with t5 or even auto. This is a port injected aluminum headed setup, right? Seems like it would work fine with 18+ mpg once a person got the computer/wire harness figured out. Why not? I'll get I could find the 3.8L from 93-02 camaro fairly cheap with all the accessories included. From that point it would just be sorting out the wire harness, return fuel line, and fabbing some mounts. How would this engine handle 8-10 lbs of boost from a turbo? That might increase the power to a reasonable level. 300 hp or so.
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Post by matty man » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:53 pm

With gas going over 4.00 a gallon,, I like this idea as well,,, May have to get a complete motor out of pick & pull,,, Matty man
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Post by Screwloose » Wed May 02, 2012 11:15 pm

Im not sure about the Camaro's with the V6 but if you were to get a 60* V6 out of a FWD car. The intakes have the throttle body on the back side of the engine so your inake air would be at the firewall. Ive supposedly heard there is an intake that fits the popular 3.8's GM has used all throughout the 90's and 00's but it was never elaborated on where I read it. It would be kind of cool to put a supercharged 3.8 out of a newer GM and make it work though. There are companies that make an adapter to swap in a RWD transmission.
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Post by clean8485 » Thu May 03, 2012 8:36 pm

You could try using the Gen 1 2.8 or 3.1 V6 engines with a T5 out of a mid to late '80s Camaro or Firebird, which would be set up for a rear wheel drive car.
The supercharged 3.8 Buick V6 from the 1990s GM FWD cars would make an interesting swap. I'm not sure about mounting the FWD engine in a RWD application, but you might be able to possibly use mounts from a late '90s Camaro or Firebird with the 3.8 V6 option. You might even be able to use the 3.8 V6 with a 5 speed from the F body car, and install the supercharger from the FWD car on the RWD engine-although once again, I'm not sure if that will work. Then you'd have the problem of what PCM to use, and possible reprogramming of the PCM to allow for the swap. The idea of a supercharged 240HP V6 with a 5 speed in a G body sure is interesting though.

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Post by 80ECLT » Thu May 03, 2012 8:50 pm

Fwd 3800 supercharger will not work on rwd 3800 block. The throttle body will be hitting the firewall.
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Post by clean8485 » Fri May 04, 2012 7:06 pm

Do the heads on the 3800 have symetrical intake ports though? If so, then you could mount the supercharger in the opposite direction.

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Post by 80ECLT » Fri May 04, 2012 7:10 pm

How would the blower be driven then?
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Post by clean8485 » Fri May 04, 2012 10:35 pm

OK, I see your point. I didn't take that into account. I wonder if there would be enough room to install a 90 degree air pipe elbow between the throttle body inlet and the firewall, then run an inlet tube up to the rad support? I guess it would depend on how far back the engine sits in the engine bay. I still think that a supercharged 3.8 in a G body would be neat.

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Post by 80ECLT » Sat May 05, 2012 9:38 am

I think the air intake would have to be run through the firewall. But I'm sure it could be done. May not me the best looking and you would probably lose your dash vents-:-)
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Re: Anyone try putting a 2.8, 3.1, or 3.4 60Deg v6 in a gbod

Post by clean8485 » Sun May 06, 2012 8:18 am

Another engine that I wondered about swapping is the DOHC 3.4 V6 that GM installed in the Lumina Z34 back in the early to mid '90s. I know that they weren't the greatest engine GM ever built, and that they had their issues, but when they were in good repair and well maintained, they ran pretty well, and they had good top end power. They were a pretty good looking engine as well. There's not much of a difference in weight between the GM W body and the G body, so in a G body it should still perform reasonably well, especially with a manual transmission. There would be some hurdles to overcome to install it in the G body, but once again, I think it would be something neat, and certainly different.

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